Quarterback Justin Fields’ status remains cloudy as the Chicago Bears prepare for this weekend’s road game against the New York Jets.
The Bears returned to practice Wednesday afternoon at Halas Hall with Fields cleared by the team’s medical staff to participate.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus said, though, Wednesday’s session will be a walk-through and that Fields will be a limited participant with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Eberflus again labeled Fields as “day to day” and confirmed the quarterback’s injury is not season-ending.
As for whether Fields might play Sunday against the Jets, Eberflus offered little clarity and said the team will have to collectively assess how Fields is feeling as the week progresses.
“(It’s) what the medical staff is saying to him and to us every single day,” Eberflus said. “And then it’s how he’s feeling — how he’s feeling when he’s moving, when he’s throwing and when he’s going about his business of operating as a quarterback.”
Fields injured his left shoulder on the first play of the Bears’ final drive Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, landing awkwardly when tackled near the sideline by cornerback Dee Alford at the end of a 1-yard run. Fields played the final two snaps after that injury and threw an interception that sealed the Bears’ 27-24 loss.
Smart money says the Bears would be wise to err on the side of caution with Fields if he is significantly limited or deemed to be vulnerable in any fashion.
“We’ll see where it goes,” Eberflus said. “We’ll see. (Thursday) will be more of a faster-paced (practice). We’ll see when he’s moving full speed during that time and during our drill work. We’ll be able to tell.”
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